Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate?s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.
The founders of The Raleigh Wine Shop put their wine and food expertise to good use, rounding up collectible wines as well as recommending great value wines in the Sir Walt's Six-Pack. Selecting wines from grapes farmed with care, The Raleigh Wine Shop takes great care when choosing wines for customers. The store also stocks carefully selected artisanal meats, Greek olive oil, and premium provisions, and hosts free tastings of wines that are discounted by the bottle.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
April Schlanger, a 15-year wine-industry veteran, believes that the words “organic” and “eco-friendly” are not mutually exclusive when relating to affordable wines. She and her husband Josh opened Sip... A Wine Store in the hopes of sharing their passion for and knowledge of organic wine and beer, earning the young store a glowing feature on CaryCitizen. Respect for the planet oozes from every design detail in the quaint shop, be it the VOC-free wall paint, reclaimed-wood display tables, or complimentary wine carriers given to customers upon arrival. Those hoping to challenge their palates and forego the day's to-do lists can sidle up to the tasting bar or partake in formal wine classes, focusing on specific producers or varietals.
The dangling strands of beads that line the walls at Beads and Beyond represent countries from all around the world and span the centuries. There are pendants carved from fossilized materials hailing from Indonesia, as well as glass sourced from ancient Roman civilizations dating back up to 2,000 years. Get ahold of some Japanese seed beads, Venetian glass, and Chinese lampwork and thread them upon chains and cords. The shop’s expert staff can also help make dream projects happen, either through in-store classes or by pointing to instructional manuals that cover myriad topics.
After Mystic transitioned from Track & Field to a traditional career, she found it difficult to stay in shape. In 2010, she discovered fitness pole dancing and enjoyed the rush of gaining strength, dance skills, and flexibility so much that she became an instructor. Around the same time, Erotica took her first pole-dancing class, after growing bored of traditional gym workouts. That one session eventually turned into a lifestyle where she could make up new moves on the pole and share her skills with other women.
Together, Mystic and Erotica teach women how to perform sensual moves and tricks on a pole or chair through Vertically Sassy & Fit’s parties. They bring their parties to locations throughout Charlotte, giving ladies access to props in a basic lesson before opening the floor for individual performances or celebratory rituals on the pole. The duo also offers private pole-dancing lessons or semi-private lessons for up to three people.